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Aylsham residents terrorised by attacking cat

14:40 11 June 2014

Aylsham cat attack. The Maltings resident Helen Copperthwaite.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Aylsham cat attack. The Maltings resident Helen Copperthwaite. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2014

Homeowners in a quiet market town cul-de-sac are on the alert after a trio of frightening cat attacks.

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No-one knows if the distinctive black and white cat, which has struck in the self-styled “slow town” of Aylsham, has an owner.

But over two weeks two attacks have happened in The Maltings, Aylsham, and one in Stuart Road.

An elderly woman was knocked over in her back garden by the aggressive animal which “flew at her” and bit into her leg. The creature also bit the thigh of a younger woman.

Helen Copperthwaite, 65, from The Maltings, said: “I have seen the cat around in my garden and was amazed at how aggressive it was. It turned on me and started to hiss and growl like it was going to fight.”

Miss Copperthwaite, who has not been attacked, described the black cat as “surprisingly small” with four white paws and white chest area and was worried it would attack a child.

She said some residents felt uncomfortable and described the incidents as “frightening”.

Vet Michaela Bone, from Miramar Veterinary Centre in Cromer, said such attacks were rare and advised people to give the cat a wide berth and not look it in the eye.

Anyone with information should call the RSPCA on 0300 1234999.

Are you the owner of the cat or have you been attacked? Email sophie.wyllie@archant.co.uk

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16 comments

  • And remember......... give the cat a wide berth and don't look it in the eye !!!! Otherwise you might turn into stone

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    Madge8

    Thursday, June 12, 2014

  • You all need to buy a large dog to protect you or a goo rifle.lol

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    paf1

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • It isn't one of those flying cats that can be lifted off of the ground by strong winds is it?

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    Ar ya reet boi?

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Ignore old Larceny, Blister-he is just grumpy because he is late on!

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    backwoodsman

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • "...Blister...Scary, sounds like a job for the fire service, police etc...". Surely a job for a full time troll like yourself , assuming you can drag yourself away from Archant forums for long enough.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Malicious moggy mauls Malting's mothers. Petrified public phone pressmen, photo's produced. Public proclaim pusillanimity! Meanwhile, monstrous macerater machinates moodily.

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    backwoodsman

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • It reminds of the time I was walking across Aylsham Recreation ground, when I was stopped by a mole who asked me the way to Aylsham. I was somewhat confused, as we were already in Aylsham, however the mole took my hesitation in answering as an insult and made a dash up my trouser leg. Fearing for where it might burrow I quickly removed my trousers. From a parked nearby police car stepped Policewoman P C Shirley Cann, 33 blue eyes, blond hair, 5'6". She asked for an explanation and wanted to see the mole as proof. However the mole had gone , but on spotting a mole hill some 20yards away we both agreed that this must have been the route taken by the escaping mole. Whereapon Shirley and I, we had become good friends by now, left the rec together and lived happily ever after. It could only happen in Aylsham!!

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    richard ash

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Alecto-not half as worried as all the badger and fox feeders would be if rabies got into the wild mammal population! I confess my first thought was bad attitude cat-I had not thought about rabies, but with the relaxation of animal import laws and pet passports and the possible abuse of the same by daft " animal lovers" it is more of a risk now than before.

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Black Shuck's feline cousin?

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    NigelS

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Perhaps its rabid. Ooh, that's got you all worried hasn't it.

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    alecto

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Sounds like the beast of Bodmin's Sat Nav got a little confused

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    RoadWarrior

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Only Norfolk as it is now Toxteth full of wet hens these days. Any self respecting real Norfolk person would be ashamed to contact a newspaper about a cat. My old cat I had when I was a kid used to ambush me like this. Cats of all sorts will display this sort of behaviour- entire tom cats being aggressive, female cats with kittens nearby and even playful young cats. A swift application of a newspaper or a good shout or a child's water squirter for a pound or so from the supermarket summer toy department ( or a supersoaker if you are feeling serious) will stop them. Not a whine to the papers.

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Scary, sounds like a job for the fire service, police etc

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    blister

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • April 1st?

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    Norfolk John

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • An elderly woman knocked over by a flying cat? It is small and hisses and growls. Sounds terrifying to me. It could need an armed police response involving the closure of several roads and the evacuation of Aylsham.

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    The Fortean

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Only in Nofolk and only in the EDP will this kind of drivel be news.

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    Toxteth O'Grady

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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